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Why Mosquitoes Use Sound to Communicate

n a recent experiment, scientists discovered that the type of mosquito responsible for yellow fever and dengue also “duets” prior to mating. The Science magazine study provided the first piece of evidence that mosquitoes can hear. The experiment also revealed that the insects adjust their wing beats to a frequency an octave and a half below a standard “A.”

The scientists conducted the study by tethering mosquitoes and playing tones to them through a minature microphone. They hope that their findings will bring new understanding to mosquito mating patterns and hearing capabilities.